Accidentally found a treasure but surprised experts and archaeologists. The story below is proof.
In September 1980, during construction at construction site No. 1 Kong Xi in Shucheng district, Luc An city, Anhui province (China), workers accidentally dug a strange black hole.
Immediately after receiving the news, archaeologists quickly arrived at the scene. When they saw the soil around the hole, they believed that there must be something strange underneath the hole. After archaeological exploration, experts discovered underground a large ancient tomb.
Archaeologists speculate that it could be an ancient tomb of the Spring and Autumn period, the Warring States period or the Han Dynasty. After conducting excavations, they have obtained many rare cultural relics belonging to the Spring and Autumn period, about 2,500 years ago today. In the ancient tomb, archaeologists saw a hole and realized that this place had been attacked by grave robbers since ancient times. However, many cultural relics are still relatively well preserved.
Unique treasure 2,500 years ago
The bronze drum stand dating back about 2,500 years is extremely sophisticated and unique.
Among the artifacts and cultural relics found, experts noticed a special object. It is a bronze drum base with details of “dragon ambushes the tiger”.
As soon as they saw this treasure, archaeologists were extremely excited. This drum stand has a strange shape, the top is also decorated with a tiger’s head and wide rolls. In particular, the tiger’s head has erect ears, wide eyes, open mouth, and a dragon coils around and has a strange horn.
In ancient documents, there are records, dragon is the leading water race, tiger is the lord of the forest. Therefore, an artifact with a combination of dragon and tiger indicates supremacy.
Dragon and tiger are two animals that represent great power. Illustration
On the front of this drum base is engraved about 98 characters and 52 characters on the back. According to these characters, the drum base is a part of the ancient drum and is often used in wars, sacrifices, and recreational activities… Ancient drums usually consist of 3 parts: drum base, column and empty body. The top of the drum is decorated with flags or feathers.
According to experts, the diameter of this drum base is 80 cm, the height is 29 cm, the bottom is hollow and the weight is about 100 kg.
Regarding the identity of the owner of the treasure, the researchers said that it is still unclear. However, based on the bronze burial objects excavated at the same time such as bronze bells, carriages…, it can be judged that the owner of the tomb and the owner of this series of rare antiques is a vassal king of the Zhou Dynasty in the Spring and Autumn period.
This is really a treasure with a rare shape about 2,500 years old and especially it is also made by molten wax casting, a method that has been lost. This method requires very meticulous and meticulous processing.
Close-up of the delicate pattern of the 2,500-year-old treasure.
Archaeologists have found very few cultural relics crafted and cast by the wax melting method. In front of the bronze drum base, experts unearthed a number of artifacts cast by this lost method in the tomb of Tang Hau At in 1978.
Drum base treasure was found in the tomb of Tang Hau At.
The tomb of Tang Hau At and the tomb excavated in 1980 both have drum bases with many similarities when using the same manufacturing methods, carving patterns related to dragons. The only difference is that the drum base has “dragons worshiping tigers” that will sound like the roars of dragons and tigers when they collide with each other. This is very rare and extremely mysterious.
The 2,500-year-old treasure is currently on display at the Anhui Provincial Museum.
According to experts, even using today’s modern technology, it is very difficult to create a copy or imitation of the 2,500-year-old empty sole. This shows the master craftsmanship of the craftsmen thousands of years ago.
Currently, this unique drum stand is kept and displayed at the Anhui Provincial Museum (China).